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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

What do people do on Ubin?

On April 10, a poster on the Focus Ubin forum asked:

Just out of curiousity, has there been any study on the reasons why people go to our wonderful ubin? I suspect that though nature appreciation is a very dominant reason, there might be other factors that attract people there. Given the existence of Keramats and a number of Temples and altars on Ubin, a highly possible reason as to why some people visit the island is becuase they are attracted by the spiritual - religious elements of Ubin.

A simple questionnaire survey done at the jetties, and the temples might reveal interesting figures, snapshots of situations fromtime to time. Has this ever been done?

Zaki Jalil


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Belatedly, in reponse to his question, here are the results from a simple online survey I conducted last year on 82 respondents, of which 87% has been to Ubin which will probably put his and many others' speculations to rest.

Out of these 87%, the answer for what they do on Ubin are as follows:



Of course this survey has its biases since the respondents are not as neutral or random as if I had done the survey as suggested at the Jetty to Ubin. Still, it does shed light on some of the reasons why people visit Ubin. Perhaps, someone else would conduct a more accurate and objective survey at the jetty in the future.

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